We wonder if Zooey Deschanel was a little jealous that Joseph Gordon-Levitt got his own song’n'dance sequence in (500) Days of Summer, because it would explain a lot that happens in the new music video for She & Him’s “I Could’ve Been Your Girl”.
The mini movie, which dropped today over on HelloGiggles.com (which Deschanel helped to co-found), features a real deal dance sequence with the It Girl as the star. We’d describe it as a modern take on the choreography in Bye Bye Birdie–with the retro costumes still intact. What’s more, Deschanel directed the music video herself–the first time she’s done it for the band–which means that this really is her brainchild.
Watch the video above, and then fess up: Who’s going to spend all weekend memorizing the dance routine? –REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
The Doors’ keyboardist and founding member, Ray Manzarek, passed away yesterday–and you needn’t have come of age in the late ’60s to be a bit bummed.
While Jim Morrison may have been the face of the band, Manzarek was in many ways its heart and soul; you can’t think of a song like “Light My Fire” and not imagine his swirling organ helping it break on through to the other side (sorry, couldn’t help ourselves).
In memoriam, we’ve culled a few of our favorite live footage of the band; press play and think of Manzarek today.
Ten years ago, Franz Ferdinand released a little EP called Darts of Pleasure. It was the soundtrack to my first year of college–and catapulted the band into indie rock stardom.
Since then we’ve had albums (three, to be exact), cookbooks, and more. But the last three years have been quiet ones, since the Scottish four-piece last released a record in 2009.
So yeah, we’re pretty out-of-our-minds excited that the band is back with a new album, Right Thoughts Right Words Right Action, out by Domino Records on August 27. What can we expect from it? Judging by the 30 second teaser trailer the band released today, more of the same mind-blowingly catch dance rock that made us fans in the first place. Most anticipated album of the summer? You tell us. –REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
“Being a full-time self-employed female musician is no joke. I had a serious ramen noodle $5 a day budget phase–which wasn’t cute,” remembers Tecla, the New York City-based, multi-talented musician (she sings, raps, DJs, and works as a producer). But turns out, all those cheap meals paid off: The experience served as the basis for “Money,” off of her new album We Are The Lucky Ones.
Fans of Crystal Fighters rejoice! The Spanish/English band’s only weeks away from releasing their much anticipated second album, Cave Rave (dropping May 28th).
Written in the Basque hills in under two months, the album succeeds in transcending genres, and showcasing the sheer creative force of the band. And because we know you’re anxious to hear it, we’re premiering a new track of the album exclusively today!
Dubbed “LA Calling,” the song is pretty a mosh pit of good vibes, summer fun–and we can pretty much guarantee you’ll put it on every playlist you make this summer. You’re welcome. -ALI HOFFMAN
All month long we’ve been celebrating our Young Hollywood issue by coming up with a list of very NYLON-Hollywood movies. (We’ve gone from the best films about besties, to our favorite summer camp-centric stories.)
Today we want to know: What is your favorite movie about music?
Can you name every line from Almost Famous? Do you know the lyrics to “That Thing You Do”? Was A Hard Day’s Night your entry into an obsession with The Beatles? Is Gimme Shelter the best documentary of all-time (or maybe you’re partial to Woodstock, or Anvil, or Searching for Sugar Man, or…)? You get the gist–there are a lot of awesome music movies out there, and we want to hear from you which ones you love.
Let us know in the comments section below, and then tomorrow we’ll put our 10 favorites up to a vote to find out which one gets the NYLON stamp of approval. –REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
If you woke up thinking, “I wish I was anywhere but here right now,” you’re in luck: We’re taking you far, far away, to the Copenhagen neighborhood of Norrebro.
It’s the place where Danish three-piece The Kissaway Trail call home, and it’s also the shoot location of their new music video for the track “Norrebro,” off the band’s upcoming album Breach (out this August). “Norrebro has meant a great deal to me for the last three years of my life,” explains vocalist and guitarist Thomas Fagerlund, adding, “I want to show everyone all of the places I’ve spent my time and all of the people that made me who I am today.”
That means that the people you see in the black and white video for the shimmering, moody rock song aren’t actors or extras, but rather, as Fagerlund puts it, “all of our wildly creative friends who live here.” And just like any good night out with your friends, there were plenty of crazy moments. “The wildest stuff happened during the party–the backstage material might find its way to a DVD someday, but for now I have to keep a lid on it,” the Dane adds. In the meantime, you’ll just have to fill in the blanks while watching the video–we’ve got the exclusive premiere! –REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
Good morning, troops! We can’t think of a better way to kick off a Friday than with a brand new video from the one and only Lana Del Rey.
If you agree, than you’re in luck: The singer’s just released the music video for “Young and Beautiful,” her new single for The Great Gatsby soundtrack (pretty strategic for her to drop it on the morning of film’s opening night, right?).
Complete with tear-shaped rhinestones on her cheek, perfectly ’50s curls, and a massive orchestra backing her up, the video is a perfect example of what Del Rey does best: Simple, sultry, and totally captivating.
Plus, when you see the movie this weekend, we think you’ll notice a pretty strong similarity between Del Rey and Mulligan’s perfect, damsel-in-distress matte red pout. Watch it above and let us know what you think! -ALI HOFFMAN